By Angel Anonu
The strike by the lecturers at Lagos State University(LASU) has been called off on the 5th of January,2011. The students are back on campus with a lot of activities, which they thought wasn’t going to hold anymore because of the strike, like the examination, elections, etc.
Vanguard got to them to know how they feel, coming back to campus after the three months strike. Here are their reactions;
Ajasa Senapon Olubanwo, the speaker of Lagos State University Students Union(LASUSU), who is a 400level student of Accounting, said that academic activities are back to normal, lecturers are back in class, students are back in school, the libraries and hostels are opened and second semester examinations will also commence on the 7th of February 2011.
“The student union election is about to be conducted, and we are in the process of screening, we started on the 12th through 14th January 2011. The parliament election is coming up on the 18th, while the executive election is coming up on the 20th of January 2011”.
He also said that the Lagos State Government has started the implementation of the agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU which was signed in October 2009. And by God’s grace, when the National Universities Commission(NUC) comes, they will see the changes and re-accredit the courses that were dis-accredited.
Also, Omotunde Olowopejo, the acting president of LASUSU , is thanking God on behalf of the entire Lasu students, and saying they are glad for the resumption after the three months strike. She also thanked the Governor of Lagos state, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola for his support and concern. Also, all who contributed in making the strike not lasting long .
“The strike was called off on the 5th of January and on the 6th we resumed lectures in department of Management Technology, Accounting, Political Science etc. The following day other departments started,. Everything is back to normal, our programmes have started like the election.
I want to speak on the voters registration exercise going on, the school is in session and the President of the country did not include students in tertiary institutions to take part. We want the state government to do something about it, student are on campus, those that stay in the hostel will not be able to register because during election they will be at home. We are supposed to be given break to go home and register because it’s as if we are been excluded .We the students are meant to participate in this election, because during election there will be restriction of movement, and we will not be able to come to school to vote. I think something should be done because we are the youths and leaders of tomorrow and want to participate in order for us to have a credible election.
Aina Oyindamola, a 200 level student of Accounting said that she is happy about the resumption of schools because the last strike lasted for six months but this lasted for three months, so it’s relieving. “Lectures have resumed fully but it is going to be a bit hectic because we just resumed and our exams are around the corner ”.
Abiodun Olajide, Chairman, Independent Electoral Committee of LASUSU, also stated that students are very happy with the resumption and the screening exercise was successful, “the purpose for the screening was to pick an intellectual candidate”. He added that the electoral committee will see to it that the coming executives will be credible people that will bring a change and work hard towards the growth of the union.